Medical massage is a type of massage therapy intended to decrease muscular pain, restore proper joint function, and improve quality of life. Increasingly, conservative treatment methods such as medical massage are being implemented over surgical procedures for people with muscular injuries or postural alignment issues causing pain.
During a typical medical massage session, your therapist will do several types of assessments in addition to reviewing your medical history with you. These assessments can include range of motion tests, gait analysis, and manual muscle testing to develop a clear understanding of the injury and pain symptoms. These assessments will also help the medical massage therapist design a treatment program designed not only to decrease pain, but to address the ultimate source of the pain.
Medical massages employs several massage therapy techniques. These techniques include Fascial Stretch Therapy, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, deep tissue massage, and PNF stretching. Each technique treats a different aspect of the muscular injury or postural dysfunction.
Fascial Stretch Therapy
Fascial Stretch Therapy is a form of assisted stretching using traction and PNF Stretching to target muscles and fascia (connective tissue surrounding muscles). The benefits of this type of medical massage include increased joint range of motion, reduced soreness, decreased pain associated with physical activities, and improved athletic performance. The range of motion and improved muscle function gained with this method make Fascial Stretch Therapy one of the most effective techniques used in medical massage. Paul Helms is the only Fascial Stretch Therapist in Center City 19103 and exclusively used technique when working with the NFL Oakland Raiders. Read about Paul’s experience with the NFL Oakland Raiders here and learn more about Fascial Stretch Therapy here.
Trigger Point Therapy
When used in medical massage, trigger point therapy targets large build ups of adhesions commonly called trigger points. Some common areas holding trigger points are the neck, shoulders, chest, hips, and calves. As the therapist releases a trigger point, most patients report a sense of relief and decreased tension through the affected area. Learn more about how trigger point therapy here.
Myofascial release focuses on unlocking a connective tissue called fascia from surrounding structures in the body. Fascia is the specific connective tissue encapsulating muscles to help them retain their shape and function. When fascia is treated with myofascial release during medical massage, dramatic reductions in pain / tightness and improvements range of motion are felt by the patient. Learn more about myofascial release here.
Deep Tissue Massage
Deep tissue massage is one of the most common forms of massage therapy used in medical massage, but also one of the most misunderstood. True deep tissue massage does not need to include painful pressure. Instead, it is used to promote blood flow and recovery to deeper, tight muscles in the body. Learn more about deep tissue massage here.
Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (or PNF Stretching) is a medical massage technique used to treat guarding, or tightening, in a muscle caused by a neurological reflex. The reasons for guarding are numerous and include trauma, chronic postural issues, and overuse injuries. Learn more about PNF Stretching here.
Medical Massage Will Save You Money
Medical massage is an important part of any conservative treatment addressing muscular injury or postural dysfunction in the body. For musculoskeletal injuries, conservative treatment such as medical massage nearly always decreases medical costs and reduces recovery times. The lower cost of treatment and shorter time being injured is always a plus. To learn more about medical massage in Center City 19103 and how it can help you, book a free consultation by following the button below.